In today’s world, looking and feeling good means having a fit, well proportioned body. However, sometimes even a strict diet or a disciplined exercise program can’t conquer stubborn areas of excess fat.
Having liposuction in Maryland provides a welcome solution to this problem. Recent advancements in the procedure make it more effective, improve recovery times and reduce scarring.
To perform liposuction, one or more small incisions are made near the area to be suctioned. The doctor then places a slim, hollow tube called a cannula through the incision so that its tip penetrates the underlying fat.
The cannula is connected by flexible tubing to a suction pump. The cannula then must move back and forth through the fat, which is vacuumed into the tube. Previously, the cannula was moved manually, which required more pressure—impacting comfort and recovery times. Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) is a new and important technology that has dramatically improved the procedure.
PAL uses a device with reciprocal movement that facilitates movement of the cannula through the tissue. The vibration loosens the fat cells so that they can be suctioned away gently with less trauma to the surrounding tissues. Advantages of PAL compared to other liposuction procedures include improved safety, shorter procedure time, less bruising and swelling, less discomfort, and greater precision. All of these advantages combine to make PAL a major advancement in aesthetic surgery for the permanent removal of fat.
Power-Assisted Liposuction can be used to slim the hips and thighs, flatten the abdomen, shape the calves and ankles, or eliminate a double chin. It is most commonly recommended for men and women of normal weight who simply want to improve their body contour. Although liposuction is not a treatment for obesity, it can permanently alter body proportion and is sometimes the only way to eliminate fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise—making liposuction a true PAL to many.
To visit our cosmetic plastic surgery office in National Harbor, Maryland, serving Washington, DC, and Alexandria, Virginia, request a free consultation online or call the office at 866-BELLA 06.
By Michael F. Chiaramonte, MD, FACS, Bella Cosmetic Surgery